DALLAS — After Saturday's Red River onslaught, Bob Stoops' Oklahoma teams have now humiliated Texas in the Cotton Bowl four times — three of which with OU scoring 60-plus points.
The fourth, a 55-17 romp in 2011, was just shy of that.
“It's just unacceptable for Texas to lose like that to Oklahoma ... especially two years in a row,” Longhorns coach Mack Brown said after his team was routed 63-21 on Saturday.
So what is it about Stoops and Oklahoma that makes it capable of embarrassing Texas in ways no other program really can?
A closer look at the OU players who often shine said blowouts reveals a trend.
The first time Stoops-led Oklahoma embarrassed Texas — a 63-14 rout in 2000 that propelled OU to the national championship — a running back from Houston named Quentin Griffin found the end zone six times.
The next year, a defensive end from Omaha, Texas, named Jimmy Wilkerson sacked Longhorns quarterback Chris Simms three times, one of which was immortalized on a Sports Illustrated cover with the headline “TAKE THAT, TEXAS!”
Mark Clayton was an overlooked wideout from Arlington, Texas, who became a Sooner All-American and hauled in a touchdown and 190 yards in 2003, when OU routed Texas 65-13.
Derrick Strait — from Austin, Texas, of all places — played some of the best games of his All-America career inside the Cotton Bowl. He intercepted two passes, recovered two fumbles and averaged about eight tackles in his four career Red River wins, book ended by the 2000 and 2003 shellackings.
Griffin, Wilkerson, Clayton and Strait — along with a bevy of other past and current OU standouts — are former Texas high school recruits who never received Longhorn scholarship offers, signed with Stoops' Sooners and went on to great college careers.
“I think a big thing with it, at least for me, is that Texas didn't recruit me at all,” said Eric Mensik, a Rosenburg, Texas, native who was an All-Big 12 first-team offensive lineman in 2010.
“Going to Dallas and playing Texas, you can say, ‘Oh, you didn't want me? Well let me show you what you're missing out on.' The coaches do a good job during the week of trying to get the guys ready.”
Mensik declined to reveal specific coach-player motivation tactics involving spurned Texans — “It's not my place to say. That's best kept between us and the coaches” — but added Texas' lack of interest definitely motivated him in those games.
Dusty Dvoracek, though, wasn't buying it. The former OU defensive tackle from Lake Dallas, Texas, said that with everything else at stake in that game, he never once recalled his lack of a Texas offer.
“I would just say that probably half or more than half of our teams were from Texas,” Dvoracek said of Lone Star State natives who have played well in Red River bouts.
“I didn't ever want to go to Texas. I couldn't care less if they offered me. ... I think everybody's motivated to play in that game because everything about it is awesome.”
Texas' recruiting classes under Brown have, more often than not, been ranked higher by recruiting services than Stoops' during their respective tenures. The Sooners last won a major recruiting battle against Texas in 2009, when now-OU senior defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland signed.
The majority of Texans on Oklahoma's 2012 roster didn't receive UT offers, including starters David King, Demontre Hurst, Tom Wort and Trey Metoyer.
King and Hurst each scored defensive touchdowns against Texas in 2011. Saturday, Hurst recovered a fumble and Wort forced one.
Still, Dvoracek attributes it mostly to his belief that Texas under Mack Brown is just soft.
“I can't think of any Texas teams since Mack Brown's been there — since I've been watching — that just lined up and devastated you with their physicality,” Dvoracek said.
“They were soft (Saturday), and they've been soft in the past. When they get down, they shut it down. You've seen that from them time and time again.”
None of OU's 11 commitments for the class of 2013 have Texas offers; more than half of Texas' 15 commits hold OU offers.
Some of that is due to strategy — Brown has sometimes waited to offer scholarships until he's relatively certain the player will sign.
“They've built a premium on their offers,” said Josh McCuistion, recruiting editor for SoonerScoop.com, the Rivals site that covers OU.
Either way, the fact remains: In 14 meetings between Brown and Stoops, Oklahoma is 9-5. Four of those Sooner wins have been blowouts; only one of Texas' — a 45-12, Vince Young-led win in 2005, the Longhorns' national-title season — was that convincing.
“There's something Oklahoma has that Texas doesn't, and I can't put my finger on it,” Mensik said. “All I know is that it's been working for Coach Stoops for a long time, and I think it'll continue to work as long as he continues to get those quality guys.”